Melissa Paschke


Counselling available Online and In-Person in Whangarei. Life can feel like a series of storms battering and pushing us about. At times we need a safe harbour to take rest, heal any injuries, build our resources and plan a new direction.


Areas of Special Interest

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief
  • trauma
  • communication
  • emotional reactivity
  • self-esteem
  • achieving goals and enjoying life
  • anxiety related to Covid-19
  • specialising in Mindfulness-Based interventions


Counselling Services

It is natural and normal to go through difficult times of feeling overwhelmed, alone or stuck. Many experiences in our lives have an impact on our well-being, such as work pressures, family and relationship challenges, loss, trauma, abuse, and unmet needs in childhood. Each one of us will be affected differently. I provide a safe space for you to feel supported and cared for while processing difficult experiences and emotions.

Counselling can offer you skills in improving communication and relationships. Or find purpose and clarity in your life direction.

I can offer you support and tools to gain greater understanding, manage thoughts and emotions, heal past experiences, increase your well-being and create new behaviors to move forward in your life with confidence.

Offering online-counselling and appointments in-person.


Counselling Approach

I bring a sensitive and intuitive approach to counselling, that is authentic, non-judgemental and empathetic.

The therapeutic framework I work from is Person-Centred, which understands that each person is unique. Therefore, I draw upon a number of modalities to tailor to your needs. I believe you are the expert in your life and I trust in your innate wisdom. Together, in partnership, we uncover what will work best for you to achieve your goals for counselling.


Background and Experience

I have worked with adults from all age groups, with a variety of backgrounds, cultures and spirituality. I have worked in community organisations including Hospice, Community Friendship House and I am currently working in a family orientated organisation specialising in therapy for survivors of family abuse.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Psychology
- Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Q Fees

- $120 per session (one hour)
- WINZ subsidies available subject to eligibility.